Energywork encompasses the way I utilize energy modalities to help support and facilitate trauma healing. Reiki creates the foundation of my approach, rooted in universal energy and promoting healing through working towards an optimal flow of energy in the mind, body, and spirit. I also work with other frequencies, such as quantum healing with 13th Octave LaHoChi, and elemental energy. Stemming from my passion for trauma work, I utilize energywork to go beyond the purely physical (bones, muscles, organ systems and more), to the emotional and subconscious layers of the body.
Energy has the ability to move backwards and forwards through time, which allows us to work with past events and sensory memory, trauma-based energy held in the body, emotional frequencies of younger parts of self, and fragmented somatic responses. In moving forward in time, we can create energetic resources to carry into life outside of the session and reinforce innate strengths and resilience. Energywork can be a highly non-verbal modality, creating space for emotional processing and release without necessarily needing to verbally share context or trauma history, which is particularly helpful for those who presently or in the past have done a lot of verbal trauma processing with a psychotherapist.
We may also include conscious breathing to facilitate release, therapeutic use of sound, and visualization. I offer two main types of energy work sessions, focusing on restoration/grounding or release/expression, but often both can be present in a session. You can book online here.
I facilitate a Restorative Reiki group online over Zoom on Wednesday nights from 7:30pm-8:30pm EST which is offered on a sliding basis, which can be a cost effective alternative to individual sessions or a way to practice in between appointments.
Trancework is the facilitation of trance states of consciousness for therapeutic support.
My style is rooted in Ericksonian Hypnosis, but is also informed by integrative hypnosis techniques and utilizes mindfulness, somatic awareness, visualization, and often Reiki.
Trancework engages with similar themes as energywork, but more on the level of the unconscious and subconscious mind, including thoughts and beliefs, habits and self-talk, mind states that root into different ages (age regression and progression), dreams and personal symbols, and more. This practice utilizes a range of depths of trance for different therapeutic benefits, from light trancework allowing for highly interactive dialogues that work with changing behavior patterns and cognitive responses, to mid-level trances that repattern subconscious beliefs as well as unlocking untapped resources, to deep trances which are guided journeys into the most abstract, intuitive and symbolic aspects of our awareness. And often a session will move through multiple layers are different points.
Trancework can also include dreamwork, which I approach from a gestalt style which is experiential and insight-based rather than traditional dream analysis; we uncover the meaning of the dream together rather than me telling you. Dreamwork can be used to process and understand nighttime dreams in the common sense, as well as visions and waking dreams.
Breathwork also falls into the realm of trancework, we may engage Breathwork on the individual level but I often suggest groups as a supportive place to focus on breath-based release.
"I have been dealing with an intense fear of flying for several years. I tried many different forms of therapy around this including hypnotherapy with a practitioner who made me very uncomfortable. Nothing worked at all.
I worked with Mikella Millen last year specifically around my fear of flying. Mikella made me feel so comfortable right from the beginning. There is a real calm confidence about her that instantly put me at ease. We talked at length before beginning hypnosis so I knew what to expect. We did 5 sessions of hypnotherapy leading up to a trip I was taking. I was not sure if it had even worked until I got on the plane. I was so much calmer than I had been previously. I’ve found that even though a lot of time has passed, the results have continued to develop for me. I’m preparing to fly again with almost none of the usual anxiety I’ve felt in the past. Working with Mikella was a really wonderful experience and would recommend her to anyone looking to overcome a fear or just wanting to get to know themselves a bit better.”
I believe that all healing is self healing, and we cannot heal individually in isolation from community. Part of developing connection to self, to your innate wholeness, is extending that care out to others and deepening relationships. We cannot be embodied and empathically attuned while remaining numb to the suffering and needs of others, and yet we also need to lead from self-love in order to make authentic connections with those around us. The mind expanding results of this deep, embodied healing is that we can engage more deeply with our chosen beliefs and principles, and support the freedom and happiness of all beings (while taking responsibility for our contributions to suffering and injustice, which will look different depending on your identity). While we may be focusing on goals and needs on the individual level in session, my approach is rooted in this foundation and deeply woven into the way I hold healing space.
Over many years of trauma work I’ve developed keen awareness and observation that can be applied quickly and skillfully to determine what might be the most effective way to approach a wide range of emotional, somatic and trauma responses. Often I will weave modalities together or shift between them based on what emerges in a session. Choosing to book a Trancework or Energywork session helps us to identify what you believe will be most helpful in the moment, but we always have the ability to shift as needed. For example, sometimes in Trancework strong sensations and experiences in the body will emerge, and we may shift to a more somatic or energy-based approach to working with them. Or in Energywork if the mind becomes highly active and the focus of experience we may shift into more verbal engagement to address the energy where it is emerging.
Frequently, though not always, I may receive intuitive or psychic information during a session. This can be incorporated to the degree that it resonates for you, ranging from more in depth intuitive dialog to focusing more exclusively on the emotional/mental/physical level. Both Energywork and Trancework can be approached from a spiritual perspective or a more agnostic stance, but both are ultimately non-denominational.
Please note that Energywork, Trancework, Breathwork, Reiki, and Hypnosis are not a substitute for Psychotherapy or treatment for medical illness. If you have concerns about whether you can safely practice please consult your doctor.
Supportive modalities have the potential to be hugely therapeutic, however they are not a substitute for therapy. But there are a number of reasons why the structure and qualities of these methods may be preferable. The first is they do not require the standard “once per week on the same day and time” format. Supportive work can be weekly for a period of time, periodically, or as needed. Some people find that even one session can be hugely beneficial, although at least few sessions are suggested. This may be a better fit for those with irregular schedules, who travel frequently, or who are not financially able to commit to a weekly ongoing appointment.
The second is that this type of work can be very helpful for those who have already been in psychotherapy, and are ambivalent about “starting over” or how they will make progress without hashing over the same material and memories. Sometimes the result of this work is that an individual does decide they wish to return to therapy, in which case I can make a referral using my wide network of talented therapists. All of these modalities are primarily non-verbal or subconsciously oriented, so there is no need for a long intake process; we can dive right in to the core issues on the experiential level without needing to disclose all the details. These sessions can also be a compliment to talk therapy if you're already working with someone.
Sometimes in body-based work, powerful emotions can arise particularly as they relate to attachment wounds and trauma. Over 10 years of experience working directly with complex trauma and grief make me uniquely prepared to respond and assist in a sensitive way should such material surface during a session. My background in psychotherapy and clinical neuroscience also allows me offer information about how the body may respond to certain experiences and treatments, which some people find helpful and grounding. I can also integrate verbal processing within the session with a great degree of skill that is beyond the training involved in these modalities alone.
These practices do not necessarily need to abide by the once per week structure common of psychotherapy. Like most challenges, the length of treatment depends on the complexity of the problem. Both Energywork and Trancework can be used periodically as a supportive and relaxing service, much like a massage or meditation group. For deeper conflicts or chronic issues it is useful to plan on 3-5 sessions to see tangible results beyond the experience of the session itself.
You can email me at mikellamillen(at)gmail(dot)com or schedule online through my booking portal. Most sessions are about an hour and cost $175. You can purchase a package of sessions or a three month subscription as well, which offers a discount to the overall rate (as low as $100 per session) and allow for deeper work around a particular theme. Returning and existing clients can schedule future sessions at a rate. For greater financial accessibility you can look through my groups which all utilize broad sliding scale.